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Top 7 things to do in Auckland

Get cozy with all the kiwi charm of Auckland’s culture, seafood, history and natural beauty. Only visiting for a few days? Be sure to hit these must-sees while in town.

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

Opened in 1985, the aquarium was built from underground sewage tanks along the waterfront. Drifting through the clear acrylic tunnels, guests experience wildlife from all angles.

Waitemata Harbour

Waitemata Harbour

View the city from its main harbor in a sailboat, catamaran, ferry, launch or yacht. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch a boat show.

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island

How many volcanoes are in Auckland? Of the 48, Rangitoto is the youngest and largest. Find yourself in the majestic tropics after a short 30-minute ferry from the city.

Auckland War Museum

Auckland War Museum

This New Zealand icon houses a vast collection of natural, indigenous and military history from the region. You can even catch a daily Maori cultural performance here.

Auckland Art Gallery
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Auckland Art Gallery

Home of the largest collection of contemporary and traditional art in the country, a visit to the gallery is a treat for obvious reasons—the free entry is an added bonus.

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Mighty and small critters from around the world call these 17 vast hectares just minutes from the city center home.

Sky Tower

Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. An icon of the Auckland skyline, a trip to the top offers an unforgettable view.

Planning Your Auckland Visit

How many days to spend in Auckland?

It’s a small city packed with nature and historical intrigue. One could have a decent handle on the city within 4 days.

How to pack?

Weather is generally mild with warm, humid summers and balmy, damp winters. Lots of layers and rain gear are advisable.

Good to know

  • Language
    English and Maori
  • Currency
    NZD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+12:00)
  • Country Code
    +64
  • Best time to visit
    April and October fall just outside peak tourist season, so prices will be lower, but you'll still get lots of sunshine and warm weather!

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What people are saying about Auckland

Enjoyed the trip and the efficiency of booking the activity.

Love the entire activity: from Hobbiton to Rotorua and Waitomo Caves. Booking was easy breezy. Got Confirmation via email right away and coach service/driver was very precise with pick up time (which i like!) at the hotel where we stayed. Just a little glitch for me was the time allotted for lunch and tour at Te Puia in Rotorua. Felt like we had to rush our buffet lunch just so we’ll have ample time for the tour of the area (which is kinda huge). So we ended up not being able to go around some more coz time wasnt enough. Somehow, we also wanted to enjoy our lunch after the Hobbiton activity. But all in all, it was great! Thanks! No hidden whatsover (fees, incidents, etc) unlike other tours we have experienced from diff countries with other companies.

Absolutely outstanding, packed with information and good fun.

Steve was a great host who made our day very pleasant, informative, and fun. A very professional guide who knows wine, the Island, and the Country to great depth. He went to the effort of knowing our names, and responded cordially and collegially to our questions. Without reservation, a great experience and one I would recommend to a wine neophyte as well as an oenophile. Would have liked the opportunity to explore the town for lunch but recognize that the choices might have been substantially limited by season.

Waiheke Island: Wine Tasting Tour Reviewed by Kent, 05/21/2019

A great way to see all of Auckland and the Waitemata Harbour.

An awesome experience that combines great views, great commentary and a friendly, witty and knowledgeable staff. Tourists and Aucklanders alike can really enjoy this experience, as you get a great view of the city, Waitemata and Hauraki Islands from a perspective you wouldn’t get any other way. Our pilot shared a breadth of knowledge on the geography and history of the region, and did so with a healthy dose of humour. If you want see Auckland then I highly recommend this experience.

Actual tour and tour guide were amazing!

Tour and guide were absolutely amazing! The instructions on what to do upon arriving at the meeting point and beyond were nonexistent. We had to ask several people (at ferry terminal meeting point) to figure out what to do and again at the ferry drop off point. Luckily we figured it out by asking several strangers around.

Great one day trip, educational and relaxing

We have taken the tour to the Rangitoto Island from Auckland recently. The tour is very well organized, the guides on the island were very knowledgeable and passionate about preservation and environment. The weather cooperated nicely and we were able to see a lot and take several hiking paths. The most amazing thing was to see very rare birds, trees and how much is being done to preserve such treasures.